About Noreen

I was an Assistant Professor of Elementary Social Studies in the School of Education at Iowa State University for four years and will be joining the faculty at the School of Education at the University of Colorado Boulder in August 2021.  I engage critical race frameworks to explore how racial and cultural experiences impact the pedagogy and curricular enactment of Asian American and Latin@ pre- and in-service teachers.  I also study how educators teach so-called difficult histories to young learners through children's literature and primary sources. 

I am an experienced elementary teacher who taught first, second, fourth, and fifth grades in Austin, Texas for nine years and I continue to provide professional development to K-8 social studies teachers at the national, state, and local levels. As a teacher educator, I have taught early childhood and elementary social studies methods courses and courses about Asian American education and bilingualism, bilingual education, and Latinx youth. At the graduate level, I have taught introduction to qualitative research and critical race theory. Honors include the 2017 Larry Metcalf Exemplary Dissertation Award from the National Council for the Social Studies, the 2019 Early Career Award from the Children's Literature Assembly of the National Council of Teachers of English, a 2020 Teaching Innovation Award from Iowa State, and the 2021 Early Career Award from the Research on the Education of Asian Pacific Americans Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Award.

Outside of academia, my interests include baking, art, music, documentaries, crafting, and planning elaborate themed parties for my two daughters.